People that know me would agree that I’m not a big coffee fan. Except for the occasional frappucino from good ol’ Starbucks, coffee and I have a distant relationship. As for tea, I start to enjoy it because of the ritual of afternoon tea~scapades that I so love now, poshness and all. But hot chocolate? Ooh that’s different. My love for this dates back childhood! It gives me this cosy feel like a night-in on winter, sitting beside the fireplace while reading a good book.
Hot chocolate can easily please me. Milo, Ovaltine, Nesquick, Holicks, Cadbury…put in some mallows and they’re goooood. But if you want a proper hot chocolate than powder and water, in Dubai you can head to Rich, a cafe in the Mall of the Emirates and order one. I’m sure the food is great and all ( didn’t try yet) but their hot chocolate is to die for! A friend brought me here one day and told me to try the famous hot chocolate and yes I could thank her forever for introducing me to my old love but richer and yummier! 😉
Paying it forward, I brought a friend to this cafe yesterday. He ordered a cappuccino tho (guys *rolling my eyes now) but who cares I still ordered my love HC. And we got free carrot cake!!! A giant carrot cake! I didn’t know that my friend has friends in this business giving free cakes just because they like you! I’m so dragging this friend around now tho I just borrowed him from husband :p
- Hot Chocolate & Mexican Hot Chocolate | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Agave Sweetened Hot Chocolate (modernmanofthecloth.com)
So what to do on a lazy Friday?
Well, exactly what I did…lazing around the house doing nothing. To make the day a bit productive, I thought I’d blog about the posts I have been meaning to write. Let’s go back to last week.
Part of my living life to the fullest, is enjoying even simple things. Sitting in a cafe, a drink in hand, piano in the background, taking in the whole atmosphere of the place, the calmness…
St.Maxim’s certainly offers that. Away from the busy traffic of shoppers in Mall of the Emirates, and just above the Kempinski Hotel, I found a haven. You can dine here, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, or even a drink.
Yes, they have a bar in the lounge area complete with live entertainment. A duo, consists of a man and a lady. He plays the piano and she does the vocals.
Listening to the song, in a language I could not understand, but seems to transport me to another world, to a time passed. A time when people dress up elegant. Like Audrey Hepburn. The ultimate icon for such elegance and natural class. Long evening dress, pearls and an updo in the morning, coffee in hand and perhaps a croissant in the other, gawking outside Tiffany’s. Yet she exuded same vibes of class of what we’d consider weird if ever we would see someone else doing the same thing.
The decor, the music, and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s playing nonstop in the background, ties the whole theme of elegance at St. Maxim’s.